Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Roasted Revelation


Thank God for the calming qualities, the sheer healing power of good food. If it weren't for the simple magic of my meal on Sunday evening, I don't know how the day would have ended... And thank goodness I can also manage to distract myself from my current daily nuisances, (albeit by eating, which is not always the recommended solution!) because I honestly don't know how I would get by otherwise...

But how wonderful is it when you get to work on a new recipe, when you settle down to the actual cooking process, and you actually manage to put together a really great meal WITHOUT BENDING OVER BACKWARDS? OK, I'm starting to sound like Martha Stewart here, or one of those how-to cooking magazines, but seriously...

I had had the day from hell, finally attacking my long-overdue housecleaning from top to bottom, and after discovering the creeping growth of MOLD on more than one wall in my apartment*, all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole and die.

So what did I do to get my mind on other things? I pulled out the ingredients I had (for once) so cunningly gathered together on Saturday morning at the local market, and in less than an hour and a half, my blue-eyed companion and I were digging into an absolutely scrumptious rôti de veau aux épices. I should have known before I even got started that this recipe had all the makings of a winner: cinnamon, check! ginger, check! fresh cilantro, check! cumin, check! Oh, and not to mention that garlic clove, the organic lemon and the red onion. All mingled together in a heavenly sauce that simmered over the stove for less than an hour, and was then poured over a bed of couscous semolina with raisins and almond slivers. Ahhhhh... All the bad karma of that whole day just melted away, and I wanted that meal to last forever! And what made it even better was the simple fact that I had prepared it myself.

Plus, the presentation, further evidence that this recipe is a keeper: once you lay out the slices of veal on the couscous, you sprinkle some fresh cilantro over the top, and voilà, a work of art!

Oh, and one final thank-goodness for French butchers: that veal roast might have cost me a pretty penny, but it was oh-so-tender, so definitely worth every Euro.

For once, I was actually looking FORWARD to my leftovers at lunch yesterday...

I think I'm (finally!) getting the hang of this cooking thing... (Then again, don't ask me about the pork roast I mangled 2 weeks ago -- that's another story for another time.)

If interested, click on this so you can share in my delight!

* The withering letter I sent out to our rental agency today, registered with return receipt, also helped me get out of my funk -- at least for the moment. We'll see if it gets anywhere... These are the people, after all, who told me that I shouldn't be calling and bothering the landlord so often when our apartment was BURGLED last summer! God forbid I do anything other than write them their rental check en bonne et due forme on the 1st of every month.

2 comments:

jchevais said...

That recipe sounds amazing.

The Late Bloomer said...

It's so amazingly easy, I swear! Trust me, coming from a major cooking novice, you seriously cannot go wrong with this one...